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City Council Minutes

October 12, 2010
 

The City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 in Council Chambers.  A quorum being present, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Those Commissioners in attendance were Commissioners Knox, Sydnor, Stout, Thomas, and Hanson.  Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley asked for a moment of silence.  Commissioner Hanson led in the Pledge of Allegiance.   

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the minutes of the September 27, 2010 Council meeting as submitted was seconded and passed unanimously.

Appointments

Tim Saunders to discuss the alley next to 800 Allen Street-In 1987 Mr. Saunders was told he was to cut 6-ft into the alley and the other four homeowners on Washington Street should cut 6-ft. However, for the last 23 years, he has been cutting the whole alley.  Rob Collison said while the City may use some of the alleys for trash collection, the City does not own title to them.  They have not been dedicated to the City like a public street. It is up to the adjoining property owners to maintain the alleys.  The City does not have the right to give Mr. Saunders the alley because the City does not own it.  It is a private property issue.  Mr. Collison provided the names of two legal firms who may be able to help Mr. Saunders get ownership of the alley (a civil matter).

Representative from Dorchester Lodge #223 and Progressive of Dorchester Temple #224 of the Improved Benevolent Protective Orders of Elks of the World to hold their 93rd Annual Organization Weekend parade on Saturday, October 23, 2010 beginning at 3:00 pm at Maces Lane Middle School; a variance from the noise ordinance, elimination of parking on Pine Street between Cross Street and Cedar Streets from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Saturday, and parking on the west side of Pine Street on Saturday night from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve all the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

Representative for Habitat for Humanity Choptank to request a credit for the 2010-2011 real property taxes for their properties on Goodwill Avenue, High Street, and Edgewood Avenue-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the waiver of the taxes, for one year only, was seconded and approved unanimously.

Representative from Visions America C.D.C. to request letters of support for Maryland Affordable Housing Trust funding and Home Initiative Program Funding to construct two affordable homes in Dorchester County-Nobody was present to speak.

Representative from Dorchester County Family YMCA to request approval to host a half-marathon "Crab Run" on Saturday, April 9, 2011 beginning and ending at the YMCA-A motion by Commissioner Knox to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Unfinished Business

Request from the Pintail Landing Community-Mr. Wheeler will determine the cost to complete the top layer of the street(s) and will initiate contact with the developer who has assumed the balance of the project to discuss costs, reimbursement, tax assessments, etc. He will then make a report to Council.

First reading of ordinance to revise the tax credit/impact fee abatement for Downtown/Waterfront Redevelopment District-The tax credits will be for improvements of at least $50,000 done on or before June 30, 2015.  The abatement will be for four years starting at 80% and decreasing yearly by 20%.  Final approval will be at the next Council meeting.

First reading of ordinance to amend senior tax credit application deadline from June 1 to May 1 of each year-Final approval will be at the next Council meeting.

Committee appointments-A motion by Commissioner Knox to appoint Brandon Spear to the Housing Board of Review was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to appoint Steve Rideout as an alternate member of the Ethics Commission was seconded and approved unanimously.

Update on the green in-fill homes in the Maple Street District-The City received two grants for green in-fill homes. Four houses will be built within a two-year period. The home on Wright Street is in the permitting stage.  An environmental review is being conducted at 439 High Street. 

New Business

Consider contract to purchase 2010 combination sewer machine-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to purchase the sewer machine under a Federal contract and to approve associated Purchase Order 91493 in the amount of $224,960 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Final decision on funding for completion of Christ Rock water/sewer extension-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the funding of the completion of the Christ Rock water and sewer extension not covered by the grants to be funded by impact fees subject to all property owners completing a financial survey was seconded and approved unanimously. Failure to complete the survey will result in the property owner being responsible for all costs associated with their connection.

Approve Fire Department Chiefs-A motion by Commissioner Knox to go into closed executive session directly following the meeting to discuss personnel was seconded and passed 3:1 with Commissioner Thomas opposed and Commissioner Hanson not voting.  A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Robert Phillips as Chief; Brian Willey as 1st Assistant Chief and Wayne Cook at 2nd Assistant Chief was seconded and approved unanimously.

Council to appropriate Sewer Fund allocation of $600,000 to General Fund for year ending June 30, 2010-Based on the recommendation of the City's Auditor, Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to formally allocate and appropriate $600,000 of the City's Sewer Fund to the City's General Fund for the Fiscal Year 2010 which ended June 30, 2010 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve Purchase Orders -

PO 5413 - Major Police Supply - light bar, speaker, bracket console (5 cars), (100% grant) - CPD - $10,314.95-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 5413 was seconded and unanimously approved.

PO 5414 - Grafix Shoppe - reflective striping kits (5 cars) (100% grant) - CPD - $2,230.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 5414 was seconded and unanimously approved.

PO 5442 - Susquehanna Fire Equipment - annual compressor service and certification - RFC - $2,186.25-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 5442 was seconded and unanimously approved.

PO 5443 - Specialty Rescue - service and repair of Hurst tool equipment (annual service) - RFC - $2,200.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 5443 was seconded and unanimously approved.

Traffic and Safety Committee Report-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to allow Grace United Methodist Church to have two temporary handicapped parking spaces on the south side of Muir Street near the intersection of Race Street on an as-needed basis was seconded the unanimously approved.  Grace United Methodist Church can put out cones to designate the parking spaces for services as needed.

Additional Items by Council

Request from Cambridge Wesleyan Church to request a variance from the noise ordinance for a Praise Bank concert in their parking lot (corner of Race and Washington Streets) on Saturday, October 23rd from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the request was seconded and unanimously approved.

Comprehensive Plan-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to hold a work session on Monday, October 18th at 6:00 pm was seconded and unanimously approved.

MOU with Beazer Homes-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to include an enforcement provision that would assure payment on the due dates and that they be collected the same as taxes and constitute a tax lien was seconded and unanimously approved.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adjourn the meeting was seconded and unanimously passed.

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 8:42 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Tuesday, October 12, 2010, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer